The garden to the rear of the barn
Sit back and relax
Cosy lounge with warming woodburner
A bright and airy lounge with a homely feel
Enjoy views over the rolling countryside whilst dining with loved ones
A great space for entertaining
Downstairs shower room
King-size bedroom
A warm and muted bedroom
King-size bedroom with pretty features
Double bedroom with dressing table
Contemporary bathroom with roll top bath
Twin bedroom with a pop of colour
A warm welcome awaits
Greet the chickens
A view from above shows the wonderful location
The beautiful view from the meadow
Beautiful in the snow
The local residents
Derwent Water nearby
Peace and quiet, yet close to local amenities
The beautifully converted barn
1 / 23  The garden to the rear of the barn
2 / 23  Sit back and relax
3 / 23  Cosy lounge with warming woodburner
4 / 23  A bright and airy lounge with a homely feel
5 / 23  Enjoy views over the rolling countryside whilst dining with loved ones
6 / 23  A great space for entertaining
7 / 23  Downstairs shower room
8 / 23  King-size bedroom
9 / 23  A warm and muted bedroom
10 / 23  King-size bedroom with pretty features
11 / 23  Double bedroom with dressing table
12 / 23  Contemporary bathroom with roll top bath
13 / 23  Twin bedroom with a pop of colour
14 / 23  A warm welcome awaits
15 / 23  Greet the chickens
16 / 23  A view from above shows the wonderful location
17 / 23  The beautiful view from the meadow
18 / 23  Beautiful in the snow
19 / 23  The local residents
20 / 23  Derwent Water nearby
21 / 23  Bassenthwaite
22 / 23  Peace and quiet, yet close to local amenities
23 / 23  The beautifully converted barn

Beehive Barn

Caldbeck, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC08


Beehive Barn lies on the edge of Caldbeck, set in the northern fells of the Lake District. The proud creation of owners Tony and Carol Bolton, they have turned this former barn, set in the grounds of their own Georgian Farmhouse, into a chic retreat for couples and small families.
With Carol's soft furnishings studio responsible for everything throughout the cottage, you may find yourselves tempted to order something for home.

The village lies a short stroll down the lane. A bustling community with some fine architecture, offering a local store and post office, a café and restaurant, and for a pint, the Oldfellows Arms. The village location, known locally as ‘Back O’ Skidda”, places it about 25 minutes from the surrounding larger towns of Keswick, Cockermouth and Penrith, where closer, an easy 1.5 miles, lies the delightful village of Hesket Newmarket with its famous inn, The Old Crown, serving local brewed ales and an excellent cuisine.

From the barn walks and cycle routes abound, with trails crisscrossing the nearby moors and fells, where you are surrounded by the well-known peaks of Skiddaw and Blencthra, High Pike and Carrock Fell, along with the magnificent lakes of Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater and Ullswater each a short drive away.
Tony a keen cyclist can advise routes for all abilities and is often happy to accompany you himself.

The Living Spaces

Beehive Barn lies just beyond the owner's home, with private parking for two cars. Through the large glazed barn doors, you enter the open plan living space.

To one end is the cosy sitting room, with its plump sofas drawn around the log burning stove, where you will be able to tuck up with a roaring fire in winter or spill out to the little private garden come the spring and summer months.

The central area is given over to dining, where a fine table is set to give you views out across the courtyard to the surrounding meadow.

The kitchen is a good-sized space with fine hand-built units, maple worktops along with all the mod cons needed to rustle up your favourite Jamie or Delia dish. Or even try your hand at breadmaking with the Bread Maker and basic ingredients thoughtfully provided.

Off the dining area is the downstairs shower room with a super walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Stairs lead up to a large landing and the two bedrooms and bathroom. Both bedrooms have pitched ceilings and are delightfully furnished offering a choice between the double with its king-sized bed, and the twin-bedded room. Between the two is the bathroom, beautifully appointed with a contemporary roll top bath, basin and WC. As mentioned, there is also a shower room downstairs.

Outside you are surrounded by a landscape of meadows and low rolling fell. The little garden is for the sole use of guests and will make a pleasing space to relax in summer.

To summarise, for me this super property seems perfect for those seeking a romantic retreat or a base for family holidays, set far from the busy centres, yet with good local amenities and plenty to explore both near and further afield - Perfect…

The Location

The village of Caldbeck lies on the edge of the Caldbeck Fells, forming part of the northern massive of the Cumbrian Mountains. Set within a triangle of some of the most well-known locations and towns, you are only twenty five minutes or so from such popular places as Keswick, Penrith, Cockermouth, and the cathedral city Carlisle, set just below Hadrian’s Wall in the infamous land of the Reivers, and on up to the Solway Coast with its sandy beaches, abundance of wildlife and spectacular sunsets.

The village derives its name from the river Cald Beck on which it stands. The river provided power for a thriving mill industry, along with a brewery, a fine church and a huddle of pretty, traditional stone built, shops and houses.

The village is popular as a base for walkers and mountain bikers where it lies on the Cumbria Way, as well as two long distance cycle routes nearby, namely the C2C (Coast to Coast) and the Reivers Route.

The surrounding fells are distinct from the craggier central and southern fells, where these northern leviathans are of a softer, rounded nature, well known between the serious mountain, biking and fell walking fraternities.

Close by you have High Pike, Carrock Fell and the Uldale Fells. Just south of these, above Keswick, lies Blencathra along with the oldest of all the Cumbrian mountains, the mighty Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England. There is plenty of access to all of these magnificent fells and mountains, offering both high and low-level trails, along with forest and woodland, high moor and river valleys, with something for everyone and to suit all abilities.

Three of our finest lakes are within a short drive. Bassenthwaite lies to the west. At four miles in length it is one of the larger waters but also the shallowest, at a maximum depth of 70 feet. There are no large urban developments on its shores, making it a dark sky area perfect for stargazing. At the northwest head of the lake is the famous Pheasant Inn, noted for its architecture along with a fine cellar and cuisine.

South lies Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater. The main town of the north lakes it is a bustling market town set between the peaks of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater. An all-year-round place there are good shops, a host of restaurants and cafes, along with museums, a theatre, cinema and leisure centre. At the lake you can take a boat trip or hire one for yourself, exploring the shoreline and little bays. For more information on Keswick and its attractions see our links.

For walking, the shoreline of Derwentwater offers some of the classics such as Cat Bells, which can be accessed by road or by steamboat from Keswick, dropping off at Hause End Jetty, and adding a bit more fun to your day out.

West of Keswick is the beautiful serpentine Ullswater, thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine-mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain. Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities.

One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, Fairfield and Helvellyn, you take the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. The route takes you all the way to Sandwick and onto Howtown. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Howtown back to Glenridding, but do check boat times and last sailings.

For those who like getting up high, there are some of the best mountains, the most famous being Helvellyn and the precipitous Striding Edge – please do take a good map and observe mountain safety guidelines.

A gentler walk is to Aira Force, probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls. The main force falls some 70ft below a stone footbridge - so don't forget your camera.

Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. They run the boats from Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It's a great way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking a camera.

Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks, sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle and licenses.

There are three main villages. At the far south is Patterdale with a little shop and the Lion Inn. Above this is Glenridding, offering shops, a garage and selection of cafes and inns, along with the boat terminus and boat hire at St Patrick’s Pier. At the far northern head of the lake is Pooley Bridge, again with a small but good selection of shops, cafes and inns.

On the eastern shore is one of our most famous hotels, The Sharrow Bay, with its Michelin starred restaurant. Not cheap, many people take the option of afternoon tea.

South of Keswick lie two more great attractions. The Honister Slate Mine is an adventure for all ages. Set at the summit of the Honister Pass it is the last working slate mine in England where you go deep underground on a fully guided mine tour. Honister is also home to the much talked about Via Ferrata, an amazing sky-high climbing experience.

Finally, you might like to add to your places to visit the Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter is just west of Keswick and is a great day out for all ages. If you're looking for adventure, try the Altura or Quercus mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning natural setting. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. Or if you've got a head of heights, swing through the trees on the Go-Ape course.

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 2 bedrooms -1 king-size and 1 twin with TV
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Smart TV internet enabled, DVD, CD and portable Bluetooth speaker
  • 1 bathroom with roll top bath and WC
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Bed linen, towels, electric, fuel, Biomass central heating and underfloor heating included
  • WI-Fi included
  • Wood burner - fist basket of logs provided, further logs can be purchased locally
  • Regret no pets
  • Secure storage for bikes
  • Stairgate available
  • Village shop, pub, café and tea shops within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by David 21st February 2020

Outstanding property which has all the little extras and home comforts you could want. Underfloor heating was lovely as was the log burner. Just wish we could've stayed longer.

Reviewed by Samantha 8th November 2019

We had a wonderful stay at Beehive Barn, it really was just perfect. Carol and Tony have thought of everything. We had some lovely brownies on arrival, and our son loved feeding the chickens every day. We would love to come back again one day, and highly recommend a stay at this beautiful, cosy barn. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Reviewed by Sascha 11th October 2019

The place is absolutely perfect! Extremely cosy, equipped to the highest standards and with extremely friendly hosts. I can only recommend to have a holiday in Beehive Barn!

Reviewed by Julia 27th September 2019

This superb cottage in a beautiful area sets the highest standards in holiday accommodation. The owners could not be more hospitable, and the garden and surrounding fields provide good views over the landscape. There is plenty of good walking close by, and a village complete with excellent shop also on the doorstep.

Reviewed by Angela 30th August 2019

Lovely accommodation, characterful barn with everything you could wish for, light and open plan, clean and spacious. The owners are both really helpful and friendly. The free range hens wandering around add to the charm of this place,we will certainly recommend here.

Reviewed by Daniel 2nd August 2019

Our family have just returned from a truly wonderful week in the North Lakes. Tony and Carol are wonderful and friendly hosts and nothing is too much for them. Our accommodation was spotless, clean and had all we needed for a truly amazing family holiday. The village of Caldbeck is a great location for the northern part of the lakes with plenty of Read moreattractions on the doorstep. We really can't recommend Beehive Barn enough. A family holiday full of memories we will never forget. Hide

Reviewed by Philip 26th July 2019

We had the most wonderful time at Beehive Barn, we could not have asked for more. Thank you Tony & Carol for allowing us the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the northern lakes in incredible barn. There were so many highlights, but the wonderfully set out kitchen and diner and fabulous outdoor space are at the top ( for my daughter it has to be thRead moree chickens) Tony thanks for taking the time to take me on a bike ride (even if those hills got the better of me!). Hide

Reviewed by Leanne 14th June 2019

Such a wonderful cottage. We had a fabulous time and couldnt have asked for more. We will be back!

Reviewed by Wendy 26th April 2019

Idealic cottage in idealic location. This was a home from home property with exceptionally high standard of finish. We simply could not fault it.

Reviewed by Paul 1st March 2019

Simply incredible! Holidaying with a 1 year old can be stressful at times but Tony & Carol have thought of everything so from the moment we arrived it was perfect, the ability to use a highchair and travel cot is a stroke of genius as it means there is less to travel with. The barn itself has been decorated and furnished to such a high quality its Read moreso homely and relaxing and cosy - especially with the underfloor heating! My little boy loved feeding the chickens :) Hide

Reviewed by Michelle 28th December 2018

Barn, hosts, location, amenities - everything was simply perfect. The Barn is simply amazing. Beautiful in design and spotlessly clean. Absolutely everything that was needed was available. The location is simply breathtaking - some amazing walks from the door. Everything is just spot on. The owners are next door. They are a really lovely couple. NoRead moret too intrusive but are near by if required. We will definitely be back. Hide

Reviewed by Luke 12th November 2018

Our hosts Tony & Carol were a delight, they gave a lovely warm welcome & were exceptionally helpful & knowledgeable of the area. The barn has been decorated & styled beautifully, many bits by Carol herself, and to a very high standard. The whole house was spotless & incredibly comfortable throughout. They clearly take pride & a great deal of care iRead moren this barn, and there are some thoughtful and local provisions left throughout to help your stay too. Hide

Reviewed by Becki 19th October 2018

Beehive Barn is without doubt the best holiday home we have stayed in, cosy, warm & so well equipped. We didn't want to leave!

Reviewed by Geoffrey 5th October 2018

If you like the wilder more remote part of the Lakes, this is great.

Reviewed by Geraint 14th September 2018

A very warm welcome from the owners, with lovely homemade treats on arrival - delicious chocolate brownies. A fantastic well kept, well equipped converted barn with a location that is quiet and rural, yet only a half an hour or so drive to many beautiful locations. The village of Caldbeck also has a couple of tea rooms, a pub and local shop all witRead morehin a short walk from the barn. A lovely place to stay and would definitely return. Hide

Reviewed by George 7th September 2018

Nice location owners very helpful and welcoming. Location good for walking and cycling. Relaxed from moment we arrived directions very good would stay again.

Reviewed by Sheryl 31st August 2018

Beehive Barn was great we had a fabulous time and we will definitely go back. We have also recommended it to friends who are considering a visit. It was clean, very well furnished and very comfortable. There was lots of room outside to sit and relax with a drink and for children to play safely. The owners of the barn who were very welcoming, friendRead morely and helpful met us. Hide

Reviewed by Chris, Maria and Elena, London August 2018

Thank you so much Carol and Tony for a wonderful week in your idyllic barn. We were very grateful for all the delicious goodies that greated us on our arrival and for all your help and local knowledge throughout our stay. The barn has been a great base to explore this stunning area, a few highlights for us were the child friendly walks to walla craRead moreg and ashness bridge from Keswick and also Aira Force in Ullswater. Visits to Wordsworth House in Cockermouth and Beatrix Potter's Hill Top House. Delicious gingerbfead from Sarah Nelson's in Grasmere. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will leave with wonderful memories of the barn and all the places we have seen. Hide

Reviewed by The Angus Family, Edinburgh July 2018

Thank you so very much for the most wonderful holiday. We have loved every minute of our stay (our second time here). It has been even better than we remebered it to be, and the weather has been glorious! Favourite things: the chickenes! I am sure we will be back!

Reviewed by The Coy Family, Dunoon July 2018

This was our first stay at Beehive Barn - and we have all fallen in love with the place! Thank you Carol and Tony - the cottage is perfect in every way and we cannot wait to come back next year.

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The garden to the rear of the barn
Sit back and relax
Cosy lounge with warming woodburner
A bright and airy lounge with a homely feel
Enjoy views over the rolling countryside whilst dining with loved ones
A great space for entertaining
Downstairs shower room
King-size bedroom
A warm and muted bedroom
King-size bedroom with pretty features
Double bedroom with dressing table
Show 11 moreContemporary bathroom with roll top bath


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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